This event has now finished.
  • Date and time: Thursday 6 June 2024, 4.30pm to 6pm
  • Location: In-person only
    Huntingdon Room, King's Manor, Exhibition Square (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Enjoy a ballad-singing workshop and explore the social-historical significance of this dramatic song form.

Drawing on material from the York Minster Library, Vivien Ellis  and Rachel Cowgill of the University of York will introduce you to a range of popular narrative ballads.

Open to everyone. No singing experience is required, just a willingness to take part.

You many also be interested in ‘Ballads and Cries of York: Guided walk’ which will also take place on Thursday 6 June.

Image credit: The Ballad Singer, Thomas Rowlandson, The National Library of Wales.

About the speakers

Vivien Ellis is a postgraduate student in the University of York’s School of Art and Creative Technologies.

Rachel Cowgill is a cultural-historical musicologist and Professor of Music at the University of York, where she was Research Theme Champion for Creativity and will shortly be taking up the Directorship of the Humanities Research Centre and Associate Deanship for Arts & Humanities Research. Rachel is a specialist in British music and musical cultures from the mid-18 century onwards, and led the StreetLife Project with colleagues in Archaeology and English, from which this collaboration with Vivien Ellis and York Minster Library has developed. She has published widely, including the collaborative volume The Arts of the Prima Donna in the Long Nineteenth Century (Oxford: OUP 2012), and is founding co-editor of the book series 'Music in Britain,1600-2000' for Boydell & Brewer.  She was awarded an MBE in the 2024 New Year's Honours List. 


University of York Street Life York Minster

Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible